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Ram 2500 CNG Introduces New Technology

Ram 2500 CNG

Chrysler has looked at the human lung for the design of new fuel tanks for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.  CNG is a readily available alternative to gasoline that’s made by compressing natural gas to less than 1% of its volume at standard atmospheric pressure. Consisting mostly of methane, CNG is odorless, colorless and tasteless. It’s drawn from domestically drilled natural gas wells or in conjunction with crude oil production. According to Chrysler, their patent-pending compressed natural gas fuel tank solves two of the major drawbacks to the fuel by drawing from this inspiration.

While a lot of truck owners are interested in CNG because it can be had for relatively cheap, the downside is that because it’s not a very energy-dense fuel, the tanks need to be large to hold a great deal of it. CNG costs around $1 per gallon less than gasoline, but requires much larger fuel tanks to achieve the same range. Current tanks can take up about a third of a pickup bed and have to be cylindrical in shape, due to the high pressure.

Chrysler says it has solved these problems by forming its new CNG tanks inspired by some very tiny biological tanks: alveoli. In the human body, Alveoli are air sacs in the lungs in charge of bringing in oxygen to the blood system and putting out carbon dioxide. Because of this new CNG technology, the new tanks are able to be more adaptable in shape, and are no longer limited to the cylindrical shape of previous tank designs. Instead, Chrysler confirmed that the new tank design will conform to the vehicle and preserve space, for a no-compromise solution.

The Ram 2500 CNG pickup is the industry’s only factory-built CNG-powered pickup thus far, rolling off the same assembly line as conventionally powered vehicles. Available for both retail and fleet sale, the Ram 2500 CNG truck uses a V8 engine; when CNG is depleted, the system automatically switches to gasoline. The truck can travel 255 miles on CNG and a total of 745 miles when ordered with an available 35-gallon reserve gas tank.

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